Nepal Information

Location
Nepal is a land-locked country bordering with the Tibet autonomous region of the peoples republic of China in the north and surrounded by India in the east, south and west.

Area: 147,181 sq. Kilometer
Altitude: varies from 70 meters to 8848 meters above sea level.
Capital: Kathmandu
Population: 25 million

Location:
Nepali is the national languages of Nepal. Educated people understand and speak English as well. There are hundreds of local dialects spoken by people from various ethnic groups.

Climate :
Nepal has four major seasons, namely:

    Winter: December to February
    Spring: march to May
    Summer: June to August
    Autumn: September to November

Nepal can be visited all the year round.

People and Religion
Nepalese people are mainly divided into two distinct groups, the Indo-Aryans and the Mangoloids. Nepal is the only Hindu kingdom in the world. Hindu Temples and Buddhist Shrines are scattered all over the Kingdom. Nepal is the Birth Place of Lord Buddha, the light of Asia. Hindus and Buddhists live together in harmony. Muslims, Christians and other nature worshippers too exist.

Currency and Foreign exchange
Nepali rupee notes come in Rs.1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 500, 1000 denominations. Coins come in Paisa: 5, 10, 25, 50, and 100 (1 Rupee) denominations.

Foreign currency must be exchanged only through banks or authorized money exchangers. The receipts of such transaction are to be obtained and retained. Visitors can exchange foreign currency at the foreign exchange counter at the airport upon arrival. Visitors other then the Indian nationals have to make the payment in foreign currency (non-Indian currency) in hotel, trekking agencies, rafting agency or travel agencies and for air tickets.

Entry procedure and Visa

Entry procedures

Indian nationals:
Indian nationals don not require visa. However, effective from October 1, 2000, Indians traveling to Nepal by air have to show upon arrival at entry point either a passport, voter's identity card issued by the election commission of India, or an identity card with photograph issued by the central or state Government of India. Temporary identity card with photograph issued by Nepal-based Indian diplomatic missions for identification of Indian nationals will also be considered in case of exception. Children under 10 years need not show any identification.

Visa information
A visa is required to enter Nepal. One can bet a visa at the Nepalese embassy or consulate or at the airport upon arrival. Children under 10 years need not pay any visa fees. Two passport sized photos are mandatory for visa on arrival.

General information
The department of immigration is located at Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu and has nine branch offices. At different locations in the Nepal. Tel: 0977-1-4223590/44222453 Email: immigration@most.gov.np

Entry / Exit points in Nepal
The following entry and exit points are prescribed for the prupose of the foreigners entering into and departing from the Nepal. Deviation from these points at the time of entry or exit shall be treated as the violation of immigration rules

    . Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
    . Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
    . Birjung, parsa (Central Nepal)
    . Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
    . Belahia, Bhairahwa Rupendehi (Western Nepal)
    . Jamunaha, Nepaljung, Banke (Mid Western Nepal)
    . Mohana, Dhangadhi, Kailali (Far western Nepal)
    . Gadda Chauki, Mahaendranagar, Kanchanpur (far western Nepal)